The number of children with autism grows from year to year. Today every 68 child has this diagnosis. Diagnostic criteria are rather vague, the symptoms are determined by the child's behavior and monitor it for several years, writes Psych Central.
Researchers from Clarkson University and State University of new York conducted an analysis of saliva using spectrometry six children with autism and six healthy children aged 6 to 16 years. There were differences in the amount of certain proteins: ten compounds exceeded the average concentration in a few times, three proteins were detected in low concentrations or were not detected.
Most of the compounds have been associated with human immunity. Scientists plan to continue their research and on their basis to develop a special test for the rapid and accurate diagnosis of autism.